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Prize for Best Poster: Gaëlle Jamet rewarded twice

The work of Gaëlle Jamet, PhD student in Economics at INRA Versailles-Grignon, on fruit and vegetable purchases in France has received two awards

Gaëlle Jamet, Nutrition and Social Sciences Research Unit, INRA Versailles-Grignon. © INRA, G. Jamet
Updated on 01/27/2015
Published on 01/22/2015

The work of Gaëlle Jamet, a doctoral student in the Nutrition and Social Sciences Research Unit at INRA Versailles-Grignon received much acclaim in 2014.

Two prizes for the same poster

On 3 September 2014, at the European Health Economics Association Conference in Manchester, Gaëlle Jamet received the award for the second best poster for her work on "Fruit and vegetable purchases in France between 2002 and 2010 in the context of the National Nutrition and Health Programme". Her colleagues Andres Silva and Fabrice Etilé, also director of her thesis, were co-authors of this poster.
This distinction was awarded at the closing dinner by Pedro Pita Barros, President of the European Health Economics Association and Professor of Economics (University of Lisbon).

A week later, on September 12th, at the annual CORDDIM (cardiovascular and kidney diseases, obesity, diabetes) which was held in Paris, the same work was awarded Best Poster -Young Researcher 2014.
The distinction was presented during the closing ceremony by Isabelle Thissant-Jean, Vice-President in charge of Research and Higher Education of Ile-de-France Region and Alain TEDGUI, coordinator of CORDDIM.

These two prestigious awards reward the quality of Gaëlle Jamet’s work as well as her investment in this field of research which is also the key subject of her thesis.

Fruits and vegetables against cardiovascular disease

A graduate in Economics and Health Management (University Paris Dauphine), Gaëlle Jamet began her doctoral dissertation in September 2012 with the financial support of the Ile-de-France Region through the CORDDIM. Her work focuses on the "Microeconometric analysis of health behaviours involved in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and obesity."

In her thesis, Gaelle is particularly interested in changing behaviours concerning fruit and vegetable purchasing by French consumers. Consuming fruit and vegetables plays a preventive role against chronic diseases - hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol, etc. In 2011, in France, cardiovascular diseases represented the second leading cause of death.

In the context of promoting a regular and high consumption of fruits and vegetables by the French Health and Nutrition Plan (PNNS), Gaëlle and her colleagues examined the contribution of changes in food prices and sociodemographic changes in the evolution of fruit and vegetable purchases. Initial results suggest a significant increase in fruit and vegetable purchases, mainly of fresh products. Nevertheless, it is difficult to attribute this increase to a causal effect of PNNS as price and sociodemographic changes between 2002 and 2010 have a significant impact on purchases.

Gaëlle has already begun to publish or to present these results internationally, as she has done this year.